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Thiel College employee and alumni among those recognized as Mercer County’s young leaders


Thiel College employee and alumni among those recognized as Mercer County’s young leaders

GREENVILLE, Pa.—Thiel College Coordinator of the Disability Resource Center and the Assistant Director of Career Development Clarissa Arbuckle ’11 was recently recognized as one of Mercer County’s top young leaders during this year’s Mercer County chambers of commerce “40 under Forty” awards ceremony.

The event is presented by the Greenville, Grove City, and Mercer area chambers of commerce and the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Arbuckle began working for her alma mater in 2017. She has a master’s degree from Edinboro University and attended Yale Divinity School.

“This is another great example of the impact our employees and alumni have in the larger community,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College Liz Frombgen, Ph.D. “Clarissa works diligently with our students and with constituents off campus to create networks of opportunity.”

Four Thiel College alumni were among the 40 under 40 recognition winners, and the guest speaker was Thiel College alumnus and 2018 40 under 40 recipient Greg Liszka ’03. Also recognized were Family Services of NW PA assistant director of programs Jessica Jamison ’06, Grove City College mental health counselor Cara Papay ’09 and City of Sharon finance director Jason Tomko ’05.

Liszka is the owner of Iron Point Financial LLC.

“The universe seemed to know where I belonged—long before I did. Every career experience, and error, prepared me for my unique roles at Thiel College,” Arbuckle said. “Helping students achieve success and find lives of meaning and purpose is my vocation! My current roles encompass my diverse background in pastoral care, clinical counseling and college counseling.”

Arbuckle is the second College employee honored with a 40 under 40 award. Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students Mike McKinney ’02 was recognized in 2016. Arbuckle was one of five Thiel College graduates to participate in last month’s event.

“This important annual event celebrates the many younger professionals and their accomplishments in our county,” said Sherris Moreira, director of the Shenango Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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Thiel College is an independent college founded in the Lutheran tradition. Located in Greenville, Pa., the College offers 60 majors and minors, 24 varsity sports, and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio. The College is also home to a Master of Science in speech-language pathology, a Leadership Master of Business Administration and a Management Master of Business Administration. Both master’s degree programs offer innovative and accelerated five-year paths which allow students to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years. The speech-language pathology program also has an accelerated 15-month graduate-level program. The M.B.A. program also has a 12-month post-graduate program. A dedicated faculty paired with dynamic research and internship opportunities produce numerous graduate school and job placements. Coeducational from its beginnings, the College remains committed to combining tradition with innovation.

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